What is sin?

Many words in our vocabulary have changed in meaning through the passing of time. The changes have come about for different reasons. One word that still has its same meaning from the very beginning is the word "sin."

What is sin? Sin can best be defined as disobedience to instruction from God. Sin is doing what we are told not to do (1 John 3:4), or not doing what we are told to do (James 4:17). Sin comes from a selfish nature that seeks to do only what I want. Sin is an attitude that looks for one's best advantage no matter how it may affect others.

Sin has a damaging result. God tells us that the wages or the consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Sin gives birth to death (James 1: 13-15).

Have you ever committed sin? If we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves (1John 1:8).

Is there a cure for sin? Yes!

"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?

"Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

"And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Cor. 6:9-11(NIV)

Jesus Christ is the cure for sin. Paul lists the specific sins to the Corinthians. Some were practicing sinners. They were living on the road that led to death and destruction, which is eternal separation from God. The good news is that they were washed, they were sanctified, and they were justified in the name of Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God. They had turned to God for the cure. They weren't hopelessly trapped to destruction. They were rescued from death.

As Paul writes to the Corinthians, God writes to you. If you are practicing sin, Jesus is the cure. If you are disobedient to God, Jesus is the cure. Are you playing the denial game of "I have no sin?" Are you playing the blame game of "It is not my fault, I was born this way?" If so I say to you, Jesus is the cure! Seek him today! Take hold of God's gift of eternal life. The promise is for you and your children.

"Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

"The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off for all whom the Lord our God will call.'" Acts 2:38-39 (NIV) (Beryl Wright is minister at First Christian Church in Craig.)

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